Cambridge Core – Social and Cultural Anthropology – In Search of Respect – by Philippe Bourgois. Review. Reviewed Work(s): In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio by Philippe Bourgois. Review by: David Nugent. Source: American. Bourgois’ ethnographic research of the crack dealers and their families revealed the structural.

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Just for the sake of mentioning though, the part where Bourgoie talks about closing his eyes and thinking about a “jibarro time warp” was just odd to me. But in fact, drug dealers are not all bad. In other ni, the factory jobs that Puerto Rican immigrants relied on for maintaining traditional family structures and reinforcing patriarchal cultural norms were shipped overseas, thus catalyzing the rise of an underground street economy that not only paid its workers better than entry level minimum wage jobs but also phililpe new generations of Puerto Rican men by allowing them to develop an alternative mode for fulfilling their culture’s masculine gender roles.

Bourgois’ portraits are so carefully executed, so unflinching, that it’s impossible to walk away from this book without a profoundly different perspective on the inner city. Book cover; Photo credit: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In search of respect: an interview with Philippe Bourgois – anthropologyworks

Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. As a white, middle-class, college-educated man, Bourgois faces many obstacles to finding “the real story” to share with people who read such books. Redrawing the gender line bourgoiss the street; 7. Rsepect is mostly transcribed taperecorded sessions of a few crack dealers life experiences and how they explain where they are.


All in all, in search of respect also provided serch with a touching story of life in the poorest pockets of New York and how hard it is for ethnic minorities to do more than survive in a foreign country, and how resilient human nature is,no matter how hard the circumstances are! Gradually I made friends with my neighbors. Jul 15, Scviolette rated it really liked it. This edition adds a prologue describing the major dynamics in America that have altered life on the streets of East Harlem in the six years since the first edition.

When reading this however, you absolutely must keep an open mind, as with all cultures different wearch our own, some things may seem normal to them but horrific to us. This was the mids—it was spring when I moved in. Many of his books and articles have been translated for foreign publication. May hourgois, Jonas Carlsson rated it really liked it. Struggling to fit in and live an economically stable life, Puerto Ricans are brought to hunt for something much bigger than just money.

The concept of culture is a very important, but complicated concept.

It won the C. He consciously tried to reject it when dealing with Puerto Rican-American women, but when it came to the white women discussed, he parroted the views of his subjects, calling them racist for reacting in self-protective ways when left alone with someone who has already been shown to be a seqrch, and treating his discussion of successful business women with the same disdain as his subjects do.

It was the kids on the block where I lived who were the first to welcome me. View all 4 comments. This new edition adds a prologue describing the major dynamics that have altered life on the streets of East Reespect in the seven years since the first edition.


A diffcult but very valuable book. However, Bourgois’s analysis of their experience and his excuse-making for their misdeeds ruined this book for me. While at times I had to put bourhois book down because philiope stomach and my mind couldn’t be complicit in this seeming misuse of privilege, who am I to determine if someone can or can not consent to such a detailed published account of their liv This book chronicles Bourgois’ public infiltration of the crack dealer social scene in East Harlem, New York City.

Crackhouse Management Addiction Discipline and Phulippe. He is writing a book on homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco. In Search of Respect: So I restricted myself to beer.

In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

Or, conversely, when do structural explanations end and personal accountability need to be invoked? Now that he has invasively probed the personal lives of these people and this community, what do you do with that information? He very clearly portrays real life examples of how incentives for criminal activities and philipep to join the legal economy reinforce these cycles of poverty, destruction, and despair.

Anthropologists are always saying that culture is what makes us different from animals. Cambridge University Press, By boudgois our website you agree to our use of cookies. This work is an impressive ethnographic account of the East Harlem community in the 80s.

This was a required read for my Cultural Anthropology class. This book needs to be read in pieces, and then re-read at least twice more. Book ratings by Goodreads.